Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

https://www.duolingo.com/happyheart2

Which is the easiest language to learn..

Which is the easiest language to learn.

4 years ago

35 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/pejsekx
pejsekx
  • 13
  • 12
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2

My guess is that Toki Pona might be one of the easiest. It has almost no grammar, and only about 120 words. I can also recommend learning Pig Latin.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
Usagiboy7
Mod
  • 25
  • 18
  • 18
  • 12
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 13

What is your native language?

If it is English (that is my native language) here is an interesting article: http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Wikibooks:Language_Learning_Difficulty_for_English_Speakers

However, if you have no motivation, it will be very hard to learn any language. So, pick a language that allows you to do activities you enjoy or that you need to learn the most in order to realize some big dream or goal. Having both a reason and a desire to learn a particular language seems very important.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/abhisheksharma7
abhisheksharma7
  • 21
  • 13
  • 12
  • 12
  • 7
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2

in my opinion spanish is the easiest language to learn.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lachault

Esperanto, whatever your mother tongue.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
pont
  • 25
  • 23
  • 18
  • 16
  • 14
  • 14
  • 11
  • 10
  • 7
  • 5
  • 396

Not necessarily; Esperanto is certainly very regular, but this factor could be outweighed by similarities between your native language and the one you're learning. For example, I'd expect that a monolingual Estonian speaker would find it easier to learn Finnish than Esperanto.

For an English speaker, Scots would be easier than Esperanto. As a native English speaker who's never studied Scots, I can read it with almost full comprehension. Reading Esperanto, I can make some sense of it, but compared to Scots it's harder work and I understand a lot less. (This despite the fact that I speak or have studied members of all the language families that Esperanto is based on!)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BarbaraMorris
BarbaraMorris
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 14
  • 13
  • 2
  • 20

Interesing - I didn't realize until just now that Scots is considered a separate language from English. I thought it was just a dialect. I agree that it's pretty easy to read, but I think it would be way more difficult to learn to write it than Esperanto.

Edit: I found this site which is quite fun to read in the Scots version. But it feels more like reading Robert Burns, and not a separate language. http://www.scotslanguage.com/

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CHAMPION.DUO
CHAMPION.DUO
  • 19
  • 10
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 2
  • 2

It is easy to learn Spanish......

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kiano1234

Until you actually have to speak it one day and you sound like a complete idiot

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
psionpete
  • 25
  • 21
  • 21
  • 20
  • 19
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 1722

How long is a piece of string?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TKElliott
TKElliott
  • 22
  • 22
  • 21
  • 15
  • 10
  • 5
  • 101

Depends on what your native language is (easier to learn something that's similar) and also how motivated you are. There's no point attempting to learn a language in which you're not interested simply because it's allegedly 'easy'.

There's a table here, done by the Foreign Services Institute, which classifies languages by how difficult they apparently are for English-speakers to learn them: http://www.effectivelanguagelearning.com/language-guide/language-difficulty

I wouldn't take it as absolute - more of a useful guide. I certainly wouldn't decide against learning a language in which I was interested because it's supposed to be 'difficult'.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/revdolphin
revdolphin
  • 25
  • 17
  • 16
  • 10
  • 24

That's a great chart. My supervisor keeps telling me it would be easier for an English speaker learn Cantonese than Vietnamese. Now I have a reputable source to back up my decision to learn Vietnamese first.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ivanan_
Ivanan_
  • 14
  • 9
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2

Depends on your native, honestly. If it's English - go for German/Dutch/Esperanto. Latin roots - like Spanish? Italian/French, no problem. Slavic - like Russian? I present to you - Bosnian, Belarusian, Serbian, etc. Germanic roots - like German? Have a go at Dutch, maybe! Swedish? Go for German or Norwegian. It all depends on what you can already speak.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bodyking12

english and arabic

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
Morgengrauen
  • 13
  • 10
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 2

Definitively German. It's so easy, I could pick it up as a kid.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
pont
  • 25
  • 23
  • 18
  • 16
  • 14
  • 14
  • 11
  • 10
  • 7
  • 5
  • 396

Ah, but I heard it took you five years just to get to the standard of a five-year-old ;-).

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
Morgengrauen
  • 13
  • 10
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 2

OMG! How did you know?! ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

I'm not sure that's a very good measure of 'ease', learning languages as a child is almost always easier.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/ZionWeise

ARE YOU ABUT TO ASSUME SOMEONES GENDER TRIGGERED

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/psionpete
psionpete
  • 25
  • 21
  • 21
  • 20
  • 19
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 1722

It is a very old joke. I think he was trying to be funny.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Morgengrauen
Morgengrauen
  • 13
  • 10
  • 6
  • 5
  • 5
  • 2

If you're not sure about the gender, please use something neutral. Just because I'm posting on the Internet doesn't mean I'm male.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CuriousAtanaa

Ah, ok

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jiang.Jiaxin

From many sites is French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch for native English speakers.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MaxMichejda
MaxMichejda
  • 21
  • 13
  • 10
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 232

According to many websites, Afrikaans and Dutch are the easiest to learn for English speakers. They are the most closely related. Most Germanic languages are not as demanding as, for example Mandarin Chinese. Afrikaans has no conjugation, two genders and some vocabulary, that is similair to English. Here is a website that ranks languages by difficulty for English speakers : http://www.effectivelanguagelearning.com/language-guide/language-difficulty

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jackha1

I presume your a native English speaker so either Dutch or Afrikaans

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
AngelaGlossow
  • 20
  • 11
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2

I keep finding Spanish Confusing and I'm just not interested enough even though my Parents want me to learn, I prefer Swedish plus also I like the country

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshIsLearning

hey what do you usually learn? swedish?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
AngelaGlossow
  • 20
  • 11
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2

Yea e an though they don't want me too

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshIsLearning

just stick with what u like, say "if i cant learn swedish then im not learning any at all" they have to understand and if they continue about spanish then just dont listen

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshIsLearning

oh and when u were level 8 in swedish what was your fluency?

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
AngelaGlossow
  • 20
  • 11
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2

Swedish is not that difficult ones you get the hang of it, its actually very easy and fun

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
AngelaGlossow
  • 20
  • 11
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2

Guess what! I finished my Swedish tree!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AngelaGlossow
AngelaGlossow
  • 20
  • 11
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 6
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2

The fluency score works like crap I since I'm on Mobile (Phone) it doesn't work but when I'm on computer it does. And I kind forgpt

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JoshIsLearning

oooh cuz mine is ony on 3% and im having trouble with questions in swedish

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jason540556

ok

11 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/medievalmaide715

Esperanto and Spanish are super simple.

10 months ago